The son of two musicians, Don Rendell began his music career at 15, when he started on alto sax. He eventually switched to tenor sax, for which he’s principally known, but also played soprano sax, clarinet and flute.
Rendell’s first professional gigs were playing at U.S.O. clubs during WWII. During the 1950s, he toured Europe with Stan Kenton and Woody Hermann, and led a band backing Billie Holliday for her UK performances. In the 1960s, he formed the Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet, which performed and recorded together for seven years.
Rendell (March 4, 1926-October 20, 2015) was a music educator and taught at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1984.